When you have bronchitis, the constant coughing can make it almost impossible to breathe, sleep, or go about your day. Whether your bronchitis is acute or chronic, you can find relief from your symptoms at Valley Medical Urgent Care in Panorama City, California. Cyrus Lavian, MD, and his friendly staff are always accepting new patients and can help you make an appointment today. Call the office or schedule a consultation online.
Bronchitis is the inflammation of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from your lungs. Bronchitis is very common, often developing from the flu, a cold, or other respiratory infection, and caused by the same viruses. Chronic bronchitis is a similar but more serious condition that can last for months and is often caused by smoking cigarettes. Chronic bronchitis can become periodically worse; this is often due to the contraction of another infection in addition to your chronic bronchitis.
Symptoms of acute bronchitis can include:
Bronchitis is often accompanied by cold or flu-like symptoms. These may only last a few days, but it is not uncommon for the cough to linger for weeks.
You can see a doctor at any time to manage these symptoms, but it becomes imperative when:
Even when symptoms don’t get this severe, it’s quite common for people to find them so unpleasant they seek medical help anyway.
If you need treatment for bronchitis, there are several options. The most common is a cough syrup to help minimize your symptoms as the inflammation passes. This can ease the pain of constant coughing, especially at night, when many people find that their symptoms make sleeping difficult. You could also benefit from antibiotics if Dr. Lavian thinks there may be a bacterial infection to blame. Some at-home treatments, like using a humidifier, and lifestyle changes, like avoiding cigarette smoke, can also help soothe both acute and chronic bronchitis.
If bronchitis is causing you discomfort or keeping you up at night, call the friendly staff at Valley Medical Urgent Care today or make an appointment online using the convenient scheduling tool.